VIDEO: Ferry with 200 people onboard catches fire in northeastern Indonesia

   May 29, 2021 ,   Accidents

A large ferryboat with ~200 people onboard caught fire on Saturday, May 29, while sailing to a remote island in northeastern Indonesia.

Passengers and crew jumped into the sea clinging to floating objects as they struggled in the choppy water, while the fire on the ferry sent up black clouds of smoke.

Luckily, no casualties have been reported so far.

The ship KM Karya Indah was heading for Port Sanana (Limafatola Island) when the fire broke out at ~7 AM local time. The blaze started 15 minutes after the vessel had departed the provincial capital of North Maluku province Ternate.

All 181 passengers (including 22 kids) and 14 crew were rescued and safely evacuated to the nearby island.

The rescue operation involved local fishing boats that were in the vicinity.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident. Survivors said the fire had apparently started in the engine room.